Ickibana turned from Buckeye Burl, with water-holding pin barrel
September 27, 2020
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This ickibana has a particularly capacious water-holding pin barrel and has been turned from a superb piece of Buckeye Burl, with great color and figure.
Buckeye and related species are native to the eastern and western United States. Much of it comes from California, hence the name of this species. The timber from California and Oregon is not particularly interesting underground, but in its burl (above ground) form, Buckeye more than makes up for this: the wood is soft, with a palette of grays, whites, blacks,and some brown and orange. This all comes all from the oxidizing of underground minerals the burl has absorbed. The patterns that are generated by these colors are simply spectacular, like no other burl wood in the world. The variations and shapes in the figure are endlessly fascinating.